OWINGS MILLS — In addition to veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason representing the Baltimore Ravens’ organization as a speaker at Thursday night’s memorial service for the late Steve McNair in Tennessee, a sizable contingent of Ravens are scheduled to attend Saturday’s funeral for the former Tennessee Titans and Ravens quarterback.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, middle linebacker Ray Lewis, free safety Ed Reed, cornerback Samari Rolle, director of security Darren Sanders and assistant equipment manager William Sheridan, who was a close friend of McNair and his family, will be attending the funeral in Mississippi, the team announced.
Mason and Rolle played with McNair in both Tennessee and Baltimore.
McNair was shot and killed by his 20-year-old girlfriend, Sahel "Jenny" Kazemi, in a murder-suicide, law enforcement officials have confirmed through forensic crime scene testing.
The funeral will be held in Hattiesburg, Miss., on the University of Southern Mississippi campus at 11 a.m. and is open to the media, according to the school’s public relations department.
A former NFL Co-Most Valuable Player, McNair is survived by his wife, Mechelle McNair, and four sons, Junior, Steven, Tyler and Trenton. For his career, McNair passed for 31,304 yards and 174 touchdowns.
McNair played for the Ravens for two seasons, leading the team to a franchise-record 13-3 campaign in 2006, before retiring in April of 2008 prior to coach John Harbaugh’s first season in Baltimore.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.